The business is led by an experienced management team with deep knowledge of the cannabis industry as well as expertise in finance, regulatory compliance, real estate, and horticulture.

Michael King
Chairman and CEO

Before co-founding Kings Garden in 2015, King worked on Wall Street at WorldCo, a top equity trading firm, as well as iCap Trading, where he managed more than $200 million of capital. He later developed a successful career in real estate, representing clients in transactions valued at more than $300 million. He also facilitated private equity transactions across multiple industries. Mike earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance from Pace University and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and International Law from Kaplan University.

Charles Kieley
Chief Operating Officer

A co-founder, Kieley is the architect of Kings Garden’s cultivation systems and processes. A seasoned cultivation expert with critical knowledge growing cannabis in multiple environments, he brings nearly 20 years’ experience to product testing and development. He is an industry pioneer, having helped to establish the medicinal market in early 2000 and later at the forefront of the recreational sector. Kieley studied ornamental horticulture and landscape design at California State University. He is a veteran nursery professional with extensive integrated pest management, fungus and disease control experience.

Lauri Kibby
Chief Financial Officer

A Kings Garden co-founder, Kibby has started and developed dozens of companies and projects across multiple sectors from health and beauty to real estate to cannabis. In the construction and development arena alone, she has led projects restoring and renovating more than 150 properties in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and she developed a major hotel and residential development in Palm Springs. She earned an MBA with a dual focus in finance and accounting from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.